Spotlight on the Arts
ORANGE >> “Visions in Art” runs at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, during February featuring the work of Suzanne E. Wagner, natural science artist in watercolor and colored pencil.
Wagner is senior redevelopment pastor at the Orange Congregational Church.
“It is fulfilling to be able to re-create some of nature’s most amazing miracles like the anatomy of a flower or the wing structure of a bird, even the antennae of a beetle. These aspects of nature are extraordinary works of art in and of themselves,” Wagner said.
She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators, New York Botanical Garden, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
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MILFORD >> Husband and wife actors Frank J. Smith and Diane Smith will perform “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
The performance was postponed from February because of a snowstorm.
Doors will open at 1:30 for the free performance.
The play centers on Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as they sit side by side and read the notes, letters and cards - in which more than nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.
It was a 1990 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
• Diane Smith has appeared in productions with Square One Theatre in Stratford, Westport Community Theatre, and Milford’s Eastbound Theater. She has twice won ACT/CONN Best Actress award and has directed several productions for the Westport Community Theater and Eastbound Theater.
• Frank Smith has appeared in productions at Eastbound Theater, Westport Community Theater and Stratford’s Square One Theatre, where he most recently starred in “Mass Appeal.”
The Friends of the Milford Library will lead a discussion following the play. The public may bring a copy of their favorite love letter to share and to leave behind on a memory board.
For more information, call the library at 203-783-3292 or go to milfordlibrary.org.
MILFORD >> The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography.
Meetings are at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St. at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May.
On March 8, the club will present and judge the New England Camera Club Council Spring Competition.
For information, go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058.
Visitors and members under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
MILFORD >> Live @ the Mac will present Laini and The Wildfire, a piano-fronted pop-rock band with a blues feel from New Haven, at 8 p.m. Feb. 24.
The pop-rock group has a retro flare, and is heavily influenced by artists, such as Fiona Apple.
Band members are Laini Marenick, vocals and keys; Mark Marenick, bass; Joe Rocco, guitar; and Rob Siraco, drums.
Tickets are $20 and $15 for MAC members; $5 tickets are available for high school and college students with ID. Doors open at 7:30. Snacks, beer and wine will be sold; coffee is free.
For tickets, go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
For more information: www.milfordarts.org, lainiandthewildfire.com.
ANSONIA >> Seven-time Grammy-winning Paul Winter Consort will present a concert Feb. 26 at the Church of the Assumption, 61 N. Cliff St., to benefit Massaro Community Farm of Woodbridge.
This event culminates a yearlong campaign celebrating Massaro’s 100 years of farming in the neighboring Woodbridge and Ansonia communities.
The 5 p.m. concert will be preceded by a pre-concert reception at 3 p.m., which will include live music, appetizers, a silent auction, and a champagne toast to Massaro’s centennial.
Following the concert there will be a meet-and-greet reception with the musicians.
Proceeds will benefit Massaro Community Farm’s Centennial Campaign, an effort to raise funds for a pavilion/program learning center, improved safety paths and parking, and continued food donations to the community. In 2016, the farm donated more than 9,000 pounds of organic produce to local hunger relief agencies.
Massaro Farm is on 57 acres of protected land in Woodbridge, on the outskirts of New Haven, including nature trails and woods and a farm.
Tickets are $40 for the pre-event reception and concert; concert-only $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For information, go to www.MassaroFarm.org. To order, send a check to Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge 06525.
MILFORD >> The Julie Harris Trio will recount the lives of the Gershwin brothers in song and narration at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Milford Public Library, on New Haven Avenue.
Guilford vocalist Harris will be accompanied at the free concert on guitar by Stephen Roane and on keyboard by David Childs.
Harris began her professional singing career in Kansas City and has performed at the Blue Room in Kansas City, as well as the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Since 2007 she has been performing in venues in New England.
Roane is a guitarist and bassist. He and pianist Childs are members of the Bob Kolb Trio.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Reference Department at 203-783-3292.
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents members’ and residents’ art until March 2.
The show is open noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays at 40 Railroad Ave. S.
For more information, call the council at 203-878-6647, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, or visit www.milfordarts.org.
MILFORD >> Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will present Cynthia Parzych, a writer, book publisher, editor and professional chef who lives in Glastonbury.
She will be at the library at 7 p.m. March 8 to speak and sign her book, “Connecticut Made,” about local businesses, craftspeople and artisans.
“The research and writing of this book sent me, a Connecticut native, on a nostalgic journey of rediscovery. In my presentation, I’ll talk about the spiritual ‘road trip’ I found myself on to produce this book,” Parzych said in a press release.
“I’ll recount some of the things I learned about Connecticut’s creative entrepreneurs, and what motivates their supporters to be so loyal.”
MILFORD >> Betsy Ratner, abstract mixed-media artist, is exhibiting her work in February at Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St.
The show is “Loving Light.”
Having lost three sisters and her father to Huntington’s disease, Ratner has decided to donate all proceeds of the sale of her paintings to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for finding a cure.
Each person can use the suggested prices, but pay what they wish, knowing where the proceeds will be going, she said.
MILFORD >> Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, announces auditions for “4,000 Miles,” by Amy Herzog, directed by Nancy A. Herman.
Performances will be June 2-18.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. April 5, 6 at the Milford Arts Center, 40 Railroad Ave. S. Actors unable to attend those times may contact the producer, Michael Shavel, at email@example.com for an alternate time.
Actors interested in reviewing the script may contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The play chronicles the sometimes difficult but always loving relationship between Leo and his grandmother, Vera.
Feeling alone and alienated after suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bicycle trip, Leo shows up at her apartment. Over the weeks that follow these roommates infuriate, bewilder, and eventually come to understand one another.
Roles available: Leo, man, 21; Vera, feisty grandmother, 91; Bec, college student, 21; Leo’s ex-girlfriend Amanda, 19, Chinese-American art student.
Contact the director at email@example.com with questions. For more information, contact MAC at 203-878-6647.
NEW HAVEN >> NOplays will present “HERSTORY 2: WE RISE,” two evenings of new plays celebrating unsung heroines at 7 p.m. March 10, 11 at the Silk Road Art Gallery, 83 Audubon St.
The project is the second incarnation of the HERSTORY Festival. The aim is to shed light on the untold stories of women in the country, in history and onstage.
It shows the struggles and triumphs of Native American women, such as civil rights activist Anna Mae Aquash; groundbreakers such as Ida Lupino, who became one of Hollywood’s first female directors; and immigrants who dreamed of touching the stars, like astronaut Kalpana Chawla.
The plays are part of 365 Women a Year, an international play-writing coalition with more than 200 women who have signed on to write one-acts about extraordinary women in history.
The New Haven performance will be followed by a Q & A with the writers, actors, directors and organizers.
Plays include “Ida and Leonor” written by Danielle Winston and directed by Ingrid Oslund; “A Moment of Silence,” written by Allie Costa and directed by Moira Malone; “K.C. Reporting, Earth Do You Read Me?” written by Natalie Osborne and directed by Keith Paul; and “My Aim is True,” written by Lucy Wang and directed by Shellen Lubin.
There will be a raffle with prizes including gift cards to Cloud 9 Day Spa, Rainbow Gardens and the Canvas Patch. There is a $10 suggested donation for entry. Tickets are avail ble at the door. For more information about NOplays, go to www.noplays.com.
ORANGE >> Betsy Ratner, abstract mixed media artist and Susan Seseske Wolanic, watercolorist and graphic designer, will be exhibiting their works, “Wisps of Air,” in March at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Go to www.betsyratner.com.
MILFORD >> Argentine Tango Boot Camp, with instructors Dale Ellison and Jorge “Gem” Duras, will be held for beginners 2:30-5:30 p.m. March 18 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
Cost is $50. RSVP at www.CTTangoFest.org, 203-584-4480.
Ellison will be visiting from Charleston, S.C., to join Duras for a weekend of Argentine tango in Connecticut and New York City.
The afternoon boot camp will review the fundamentals, the basic figures, turns and signature patterns of Argentine tango such as “ochos” and “ganchos.” Singles are welcome, pre-registration is recommended.
That night, there will be a tango social at the MAC, “milonga,” with a performance by the instructors.
MILFORD >> Artwork is sought for “Waterscapes,” a maritime/marine “pop-up” exhibit, set for April 8,9 at Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave., sponsored by the Milford Arts Council.
Work will be received 9-11 a.m. April 8. It must be taken home 1-5 p.m. April 9.
It may include ships, sailing, beach, coastal wildlife or the sea.
A reception, with awards, will be 5:30-7 p.m. April 8.
Winners will be displayed at the MAC Center for the Arts until May 31.
For more information, call MAC at 203-878-6647 or visit www.milfordarts.org.
MILFORD >> Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Art Gallery is accepting applications for its artist in residence.
The residency was created to support aspiring or professional artists with temporary, low-cost housing and studio space. The apartment will be available June 1. The deadline for applications is April 7.
The 750-square-foot residence includes studio space, one bedroom, with a living/dining area, a kitchen and bath. There is off-street parking, a large terrace and a bicycle rack.
The monthly cost, which includes heat, hot water and electricity, is $850 (with deposit of $850). The “artist in residence” is expected to be active in the maintenance and management of the gallery and workshop.
Please download an application at www.milfordarts.org or contact the Milford Arts Council at (203) 878-6647 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites every second Wednesday 7-10 p.m. through May 10.
Registration starts at 6 p.m.
They are open to performing arts: singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians.
There is a audience fee of $5; performer admission is free.
Events are held at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S. For more information, call 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org.